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Samsung Ativ S review: A fresh start

30 October 2012 | Read the review | Post your comment
Samsung Ativ S review: A fresh start - read the full textTheir Ativ S was the first Windows Phone 8 flagship announced and, respectful of chronology, the first we're about to properly review. The Nokia Lumia 920, the HTC Windows Phone 8X and the Ativ S are often painted as allies - but that's mostly rhetoric...


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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-10-31 01:51 from kg3U - click to readReally. Would help if the benchmarks confirm it. Look at that browserMark score. ...

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  • 2012-10-31 10:45
  • vaNH

What i don't get it is why the hell Samsung makes metallic phones for all the OS-es but Android. Look back and you'll see there isn't any metallic body Andorid phones. But they have shitloads of WinMo and Bada phones with metallic body. Makes no sense at all.

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  • 2012-10-31 10:42
  • 3pt}

who listens to FM radio in 2012? Internet radio FTW! and guys, stop complaining here, it's pretty much useless.

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  • 2012-10-31 09:54
  • v@Hg

•Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and EDR, file transfers??
Gizmodo said there is no BT file transfer in WP8!

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  • 2012-10-31 09:11
  • 7tJx

Good review, hopefully Lumia 920's review will be coming soon as well. I am tilting towards buying the Nokia at this moment.

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  • 2012-10-31 09:07
  • KIDx

Again that least the back of the phone shud hav been a real brushed aluminium..i have a gs2 and love it for its functionality but also feel dat samsung shud really start focussing on the build quality..

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  • 2012-10-31 08:58
  • Hkq4

Camera is actually worse than s3, not by much but windows JPEG compresion is awful.
is same as paint , it destroy photos

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  • 2012-10-31 08:55
  • PvYx

I think this phone will also fall on its face like the omnia is hard to digest an androidless samsung !

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  • 2012-10-31 08:51
  • HkqX

Confirmed no FM Radio supported ?

Omg. Look like All Windows phone 8 does not have this.

What a shame.

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  • 2012-10-31 07:37
  • uCLQ

Yawn! Still a boring OS with nothing to offer, not to mention the apps....wich are horrible and freaking expensive( 15£ for a compass app??? Are u kidding me?). No matter what hardware it packs the os is killing it. Just another boring ios clone, and just as innovative as apple. We bring u resizable tiles! It s more than a tile it s a resizable one....and this changes everything, again! Bottom line is that u can spend your hard earned money on a more mature os,wp is just not worth that kind of cash.

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  • 2012-10-31 07:29
  • ajTh

GSMArena how bout a benchmark(like android benchmarks) of all windows 8 phones......especially ativ S vs HTC 8X HD vs Nokia lumia 920

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  • 2012-10-31 07:14
  • 7q95;idPage=2
..really ugly button .... looks old fashioned in design ..not at all appealing

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  • 2012-10-31 06:38
  • kAmE

Are the lenses also available in video mode?

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  • 2012-10-31 06:28
  • mT@b

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-10-31 05:06 from v0Xt - click to readyou mean thing like this?­

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  • 2012-10-31 05:35
  • KiVc

Shame.. all android & iphone user doesnt own an xbox. & i heard that this phone real features glows if you do have an xbox 360.

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  • 2012-10-31 05:06
  • v0Xt

"Unfortunately there is no FM radio on the Samsung Ativ S. The Samsung Galaxy S III does have an FM receiver so its absence here can either be down to the drivers not being ready yet, or the chipset transplant leading to the axing of the feature."

I read somewhere that Windows Phone 8 removed FM support as prior OS supported it.

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  • 2012-10-31 05:00
  • Ly1R

No FM radio!?

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  • 2012-10-31 04:07
  • kWRx

i love Nokia Lumia 920

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  • 2012-10-31 04:03
  • 9FNh

My 1st choice is still the Nokia Lumia 920 but this looks like a sweet 2nd contender

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  • 2012-10-31 03:55
  • LKpV

Vita means war in Swahili, Now its time for an all out war with an Ativ

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  • 2012-10-31 03:45
  • NXyw

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